Minotaur

Detail from an Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 500-450 BC. Ferrara, Museo Nazionale di Spina T503aA man-bull monster, usually shown with a human body and bull's head. It lived in a labyrinth at Knossos in Crete, and was given an annual tribute of young men and women from Athens, until it was killed by Theseus, with the help of Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Knossos.

Above: Detail from an Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 500-450 BC. Ferrara, Museo Nazionale di Spina T503a © Museo Nazionale di Spina Licence Plate 11 UK 1007 168